Where We Come From

Home will always call out to you, no matter where you go. The story of a couple meeting in modern-day New York is intimately entangled with the histories of their parents’ first loves in the Virgin Islands and Ghana. In County Mayo, Ireland, the daily lives of long-time residents are threaded through with loss, disillusion, […]

Escaping Family 

From existential crises and trauma to months spent in quarantine, there are plenty of reasons one may feel the need to escape their family. Award-winning novelist Bernice L. McFadden (Sugar), New York Times best-selling author Emma Straub (All Adults Here), and critically acclaimed author Karolina Waclawiak (Life Events) discuss what happens when characters leave their […]

New Works – A Poetry Reading 

Poets Aria Aber (Hard Damage), Diannely Antigua (Ugly Music), Ricardo Alberto Maldonado (The Life Assignment), and John Murillo (Kontemporary Amerikan) will read from their recently published volumes of poetry. Introduced by Nikay Paredes, Academy of American Poets.  

Who? New!

Each season the Brooklyn Book Festival selects a few debut authors whose books we think shouldn’t be missed.  This year’s debut book picks include: The New Wilderness – Diane Cook, Like A Bird – Fariha Róisín, My Mother’s House – Francesca Momplaisir, What’s Left of Me Is Yours – Stephanie Scott, Whiteout Conditions– Tariq Shah, […]

R.L. Stine in Conversation with Tim Jacobus 

Join R.L. Stine, one of America’s best-selling children’s authors in history (The Goosebumps series and Fear Street) and Tim Jacobus, an American artist, illustrator and video games designer best known for illustrating the covers for nearly 100 books in the R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps series, as they talk about the stories they tell, their collaborative […]

Poetry of Fiction 

Even in prose, some narratives are best expressed through the rhythms and techniques of poetry. Through precise and artful language, these innovative and observant poets and authors explore the nature of time, the experience of consciousness, and the aftermath of history. Join award-winning poet Carolyn Forché (In the Lateness of the World), Pulitzer Prize–winning poet […]

Illustrator Smackdown

 Let’s get ready to rumble! You won’t want to miss this epic live-action drawing competition refereed by the brilliant and award-winning artist Raúl The Third (VAMOS! Let’s Go Eat) and featuring talented illustrators Ebony Glenn (Not Quite Snow White), Ruth Chan (The Great Indoors), Juana Medina (We Are the Change), and Kevin Sherry (Squidding Around: […]

Imagining Other Americas 

Presented with the New York Review of Books. We are living in an America that was, not very long ago, unimaginable to many of us: a country whose political life, economic prospects, and natural environment all resemble something out of dystopian (or, in the case of the environment, science-fiction). This panel gathers together a varied […]

Art Activism and Curatorial Perspectives

Kimberly Drew, arts writer, curator, and activist, This Is What I Know About Art, in conversation with celebrated photographer, artist, curator and author, Deborah Willis talking about art as both a reflection on society and an opportunity to change society and make inclusive space for artists. Moderated by Naomi Extra, scholar, poet and writer.

Worlds Within Worlds: When Fantasy Gets Real 

What do you draw on — literally — to put an imaginary world with real stakes on the graphic novel page? Carey Pietsch discusses pulling readers into the D&D world of the #1 New York Times best-selling Adventure Zone series; Isabel Greenberg’s Glass Town reveals how the Brontë children co-created a fictional world out of […]

World Builders of the Past and Future 

World Builders of the Past and Future, Ilube Nommo Award–winning author Tochi Onyebuchi (Riot Baby) and #1 NYT bestselling author Christopher Paolini (To Sleep in a Sea of Stars) team up for a wide-ranging discussion about their newest books, world building in science fiction and fantasy, writing for a YA and an adult audience, and […]

Colson Whitehead & Arundhati Roy – A Reading 

Colson Whitehead and Arundhati Roy, two writers whose work has become powerfully embedded in our imagination over the past few decades, read from their recent work, followed by Q & A.  Whitehead, winner of the 2017 BoBi award, will read from his novel, The Nickel Boys, winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Roy, […]

Tayari Jones & Brit Bennett in Conversation

Join The Vanishing Half author Brit Bennett and An American Marriage author Tayari Jones for a conversation about their timely works of fiction, which offer nuanced insights about race, family, and love in America. Moderated by David Ulin.

The Past is Present 

Poets Mark Bibbins (13th Balloon), Eduardo C. Corral (Guillotine), Hafizah Geter (Un-American), and Jonah Mixon-Webster (Stereo (TYPE)) read from their new collections, and discuss how history and legacy serve as a lens in their work, through which to view the present moment. Moderated by Tina Chang, Brooklyn Poet Laureate.  

Leslie Stein & Adrian Tomine in Conversation

Leslie Stein‘s graphic memoir I Know You Rider takes place over the 12 month period surrounding an abortion, tackling the complex subject of reproductive choice —and choice more generally — candidly and philosophically. Adrian Tomine’s The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist is a comedic memoir about fandom, fame, and other embarrassments from the life of […]

Love and Resistance

Love And Resistance Presented With The Center For Fiction. Join three powerhouse Latinx authors, Angie Cruz, Jaquira Díaz and Carolina De Robertis, in conversation on the themes of love and resistance in their work, and on the power of intersectional Latinx literatures to break silence, challenge oppression, and cultivate joy and justice.

Time Travelers – From Creation Myths to Future Worlds 

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and Alexis Wright, two giants of contemporary literature, share creative visions that encompass millennia. For more than a half-century, Kenyan author Ngũgĩ  has been creating a highly-influential body of work ranging from novels, stories, plays, and memoir to radical essays on literary decolonization and language. His latest work, The Perfect Nine, marks […]

Brave New Worlds 

New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray (The King of Crows), acclaimed author Justin A. Reynolds (Early Departures), and debut novelist Ryan La Sala (Reverie) discuss dreams, death, destiny, and teens making big choices in worlds that blur the lines between reality and fantasy. Moderated by author Patrice Caldwell (A Phoenix First Must Burn).  

Coming of Age in Challenging Times 

Childhood can seem to exist in a bubble, defined by the rituals of family and home. But outside pressures are never far off. In Romesh Gunesekera’s Suncatcher, a young boy in 1960s Sri Lanka revels in the thrill of the make-believe, while gradually becoming aware of the social and religious forces that threaten to divide […]

Women On The Verge 

These authors’ books may focus on women at different stages and from different walks of life, but they are all united by their common desire to break out of the box patriarchy places them in. Join critically acclaimed novelist Lauren Francis-Sharma (Book of the Little Axe), highly anticipated debut novelist Emily Temple (The Lightness), and […]

Of Mystic Women, Witches and Tomboys 

Presented by TOPPLE Books. Melissa Faliveno’s Tomboyland navigates the mysterious terrain of androgyny and bisexuality, womanhood and rage, religion and myth, loneliness and love. Ultimately, she asks what it means to live in the spaces between and what it means to come home. In An American Covenant: A Story of Women, Mysticism, and the Making […]

I Think We Are Alone Now 

An Iranian journalist heads to the front lines of war in Iraq and Syria. A girl and her father are the last two people on Earth. And in a town ravaged by environmental disaster, a cult leader promises to bring rain. Where can these characters find humanity in such dystopian worlds? Join novelist Salar Abdoh […]

Putting the I in Graphic 

Writing down memories is an intimate act; drawing the remembered times is even more so, whether they’re yours or of those around you. Join these authors on the journey. Tyler Feder‘s Dancing at the Pity Party follows her journey dealing with her mother’s diagnosis and eventual death of cancer, while Mike Hawthorne’s Happiness Will Follow […]

Dark Lords of Empire 

Corporate greed and extreme inequality loom large in these authors’ most recent books, which investigate the human implications of national politics through the lens of a marginalized immigrant family in one case and inter-class relationships in the other. Join Pulitzer Prize-winning author and playwright Ayad Akhtar (Homeland Elegies) and National Book Award finalist Emily St. […]

Outcasts and Outsiders 

Children required to be mature beyond their years, adults seeking lives worth writing about, and other fascinating characters populate the exciting novels and stories of these award-winning authors. Join Pulitzer Prize finalist Lydia Millet (A Children’s Bible), Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and novelist Héctor Tobar (The Last Great Road Bum), and best-selling author Lidia Yuknavitch (Verge) […]

NBF Presents 

Join four authors honored by the 2019 National Book Awards for a conversation on contemporary literature, recognition, and cross-genre Black storytelling. Featuring Kwame Alexander (The Undefeated, Longlist, Young People’s Literature), Jericho Brown (The Tradition, Finalist, Poetry), Marlon James (Black Leopard, Red Wolf, Finalist, Fiction), and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real […]

Love In A Time of Ruins 

What happens when the world comes to a standstill, touch is forbidden, and everything we’ve known must be reimagined? Who can we turn to? In what promises to be an entertaining and candid discussion, award-winning author Rochelle Alers (The Seaside Café), USA Today best-selling author Beverly Jenkins (Bring on the Blessings), and Wayne Jordan (Promise […]

Ripples of Violence: Personal and Literary 

Join novelists Adania Shibli (Minor Detail), Alain Mabanckou (The Death of Comrade President), and Juan Pablo Villalobos (I Don’t Expect Anyone to Believe Me) as they discuss how the repercussions of violence are experienced on a literary level, and felt across generations and through history, and how the personal and political intersect in their works […]

Trouble The Water 

Racism, classism, distrust, and surveillance are just a few of the challenges one faces when trying to make earnest connections in lonely and trying times. But these stories just might contain the clues for a better future. Join award-winning novelist Kelli Jo Ford (Crooked Hallelujah), 5 Under 35 honoree Tracy O’Neill (Quotients), and New York […]

Multiple Witnesses, Multiple Realities 

Who do we trust to tell a story and who are the true witnesses to a reality impossible to understand from just one angle? Featuring Fernanda Melchor, Marcial Gala, and Nona Fernandez, this panel delves into the work of three vibrant new writers from Latin America whose novels provide polyphonic examinations of collective reckoning. Fernanda […]

Laughing Through Tears 

Laughing Through Tears. A woman about to marry someone she doesn’t love. Gay men who can’t stop lying. A struggling writer’s desperate quest for connection. Black women who defy societal expectations to explore their dreams and desires. These characters may sound troubled, but what their authors have in common is a dark sense of humor […]

Drawing Our Stories

What are our stories? As we grow up and figure out our place in the world, we find them — or create them. The pieces that make them up encompass queerness, racism, family history, politics, sexism, activism, and sports in this discussion with Mike Curato (Flamer), Kiku Hughes (Displacement), and Gene Luen Yang (Dragon Hoops). […]

Icons of American Culture

A handsome baseball star, a Los Angeles talent manager who was in all the wrong places at all the wrong times, and a certain “nasty woman” who won a certain popular vote, reimagined through historical fiction—these characters prove that fame, in any field, has its price. Join celebrated writer and filmmaker Nelson George (The Darkest […]

Under the Skin 

How is history lived and felt—embodied—in different times and places? How does it persist as memory, an almost tactile presence just beneath the surface? In Argentine writer Andrés Neuman’s Fracture, the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster provokes a personal reckoning for a globe-trotting Japanese executive, a survivor of both Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Jamaican writer Curdella Forbes’s […]

A Winning Personality 

A boy who believes in fairytales, a young psychic who can speak to the dead, besties about to break up, and three girls who take down a sexist list ranking their classmates by their looks. Author and librarian Betsy Bird leads characters from stories by Zoraida Córdova (The Way to Rio Luna), Gilbert Ford (The […]

Makers of the Road 

What are the histories we don’t hear? A jazz legend shines brightly during a dark time in his career; a mother tells moving stories of China’s Cultural Revolution to her daughter; and, in a master comics journalist’s latest epic, the Dene Nation of Canada’s sprawling Northwest Territories grapples with the economic reward and devastating cultural […]

The Path To Black Joy

It gets better — but the path to joy is never straight. From seeing to being, three Black Queer authors: George M. Johnson (All Boy’s Aren’t Blue), Jamal Jordan (Queer Love in Color) and Darnell L. Moore (No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black & Free in America) share their journey to fully […]

Secrets and Lies 

New York Times bestselling authors Karen McManus (One of Us Is Next) and Rory Power (Burn Our Bodies Down) join acclaimed author Camryn Garrett (Full Disclosure) in a riveting conversation about fear, deception, and the lengths characters will go to keep some truths hidden. Moderated by debut author of K-pop Confidential, Stephan Lee.

Soul Of The City 

From an imagined New York City that literally comes alive, to an alternate American history that posits a militaristic Empire City, to the reality of police brutality on the streets of Los Angeles, these authors capture the essence of contemporary American urban life, along with its diversity, complexity, and flaws. Join Dayton Literary Peace Prize […]

Spooky Stories

An eccentric family of witches, malicious spirits wreaking havoc all over town, a road trip full of monsters and mayhem—‘tis the season for spooky stories that will give you, well, goosebumps. Join authors R.L. Stine (Goosebumps), Claribel Ortega (Ghost Squad), and Sophie Escabasse (Witches of Brooklyn) as they chat about all things that go bump […]

In Search of New Lands

From Massachusetts to the Middle East to colonial Jamaica, these books take readers around the world as their characters search for a way to live life on their own terms. Join debut novelists Zaina Arafat (You Exist Too Much) and Maisy Card (These Ghosts Are Family) and award-winning author Lily King (Writers & Lovers) for […]

Unraveling The Past 

Though what emerges are two very different reads, both authors share an investigative, almost true-crime approach to their overlapping subjects: where Nick Flynn (This Is the Night Our House Will Catch Fire) goes on a personal detective hunt into the mysterious events of his family’s traumatic past and his mother’s profound struggles during his childhood, […]

Failed Promise: Talking About My Generation

There are moments in the lives of countries and generations when the future appears to burn especially bright with hope and youthful promise. But what happens when dreams sour, when pioneering generations lurch into middle-age? Daniel Galera’s Twenty After Midnight follows a circle of literary provocateurs whose webzine revolutionized the internet and shook up Brazilian […]

On Borders, Real and Imagined 

What is a border and who or what are they meant to contain? Poets and writers Claudia Rankine (Just Us: An American Conversation), Cathy Park Hong (Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning), and New York Times culture writer Jenna Wortham (Black Futures) discuss borders and their many manifestations through genre, race and ethnicity, migration, the […]

Facing Your Fears 

New York Times bestselling author Chris Grabenstein (Mr. Lemoncello and the Titanium Ticket) joins two debut standouts, Jessica Kim (Stand Up, Yumi Chung!) and Janae Marks (From the Desk of Zoe Washington), to discuss how their characters face their fears—whether that be a death-defying scavenger hunt, telling jokes on stage, or finding the truth about […]

Calling All Fawnings 

TUI T. SUTHERLAND is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Wings of Fire series, the Menagerie trilogy, and the Pet Trouble series, as well as a contributing author to the bestselling Spirit Animals and Seekers series (as part of the Erin Hunter team). Join her as she reads from her […]

Transcending Grief 

Although these authors explore the tragedy of losing family members and friends, they also highlight the triumph of finding new life in the vacuums every loss leaves behind. Join debut novelist Ilana Masad (All My Mother’s Lovers), National Book Award–winning novelist Sigrid Nunez (What Are You Going Through), and National Humanities Medal recipient Joyce Carol […]

Crimes and Misdemeanors

A Texas ranger searches for a missing child and encounters forces of white supremacy. A journalist defies the warnings of police and investigates the murder of a woman with whom he had a one-night stand. And, in a new collection, writers use fiction to explore nicotine and addiction. Don’t miss best-selling author Lee Child (The […]

Writing the Past and Present

Salman Rushdie, the author most recently of Quichotte,and Maaza Mengiste, editor of Addis Ababa Noir and author of The Shadow King discuss the influence and inspiration of historical texts and structures on their writing, plus spy literature, noir and the impact of immigrant writers on American literature. Moderated by Leigh Haber.

Graphix Con

Friendship can be super complicated, really intense, and totally embarrassing—especially when magic sketchbooks, broken hearts, alien adventures, and loads of family drama are involved! Join comics expert Calvin Reid as he celebrates the 15th anniversary of the Graphix imprint with Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright (Twins), Maria Scrivan (Nat Enough), Kristen Gudsnuk (Making Friends: Back […]

Care and Crisis Through Theatre

Care and Crisis through Theatre presented with the Whiting Foundation. Join us for a discussion with Will Arbery (Heroes of the Fourth Turning), Amy Herzog (4000 Miles), Lynn Nottage (Ruined, Sweat), and Michael R. Jackson (A Strange Loop) – moderated by Soraya Nadia McDonald, award-winning cultural critic for The Undefeated, ESPN’s premiere platform covering race, […]

Raise Your Voice

New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu (Skyhunter), Stonewall award winner Brandy Colbert (The Voting Booth), and debut talent Kim Johnson (This Is My America) discuss authoritarianism, voting rights, and the American justice system in an important conversation about power, privilege, and teens getting political. Moderated by Daniel Nayeri (Everything Sad Is Untrue).

Forbidden Love

A student’s identity is at odds with his community. A teenage girl develops a relationship with her English teacher. Together, these authors raise questions about how conceptions of race, gender, class, and sexuality can shape ourselves and our relationships. Join debut novelists Kate Elizabeth Russell (My Dark Vanessa) and Brandon Taylor (Real Life) for a […]

An Exploratory and Cosmic Conversation

In a conversation that promises to span topics as cosmic as outer space, exoplanets, and black holes, and as earthbound as writing, gender politics, memoir, and educational YouTube — join the New York Times in conversation with two of today’s leading astrophysicists. Times Book Review writer and editor Gal Beckerman will moderate the discussion with […]

DTR (Defining the Relationship)

Join bestselling YA authors Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed (Yes No Maybe So), Leah Johnson (You Should See Me in a Crown), and Kacen Callender (Felix Ever After) as they discuss the life-defining relationships explored in their recent novels. Moderated by Caleb Roehrig (The Fell of Dark). Whether it’s canvassing for change with a new-friend-turned-love-interest, […]

In Conversation with Alison Bechdel

Groundbreaking Eisner Award-winning graphic memoirist Alison Bechdel (Fun Home) discusses her lifelong fascination with fitness crazes, and the search for self-transcendence that she found beneath it, with cartoonist Eric Orner, author of the forthcoming Smahtguy. Her new book The Secret to Superhuman Strength, documenting this journey with everyone from Jack LaLanne to Adrienne Rich in […]

Blackout

A power outage. A sweltering summer night. The glowing warmth and electricity of Black teens in love. Come celebrate the beauty and magic that can be found on a starry night in New York City at this blockbuster panel as six bestselling and award-winning authors—Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, […]

Blurred Realities

A dystopian London, a child caught in the midst of a deadly epidemic, and a grieving taxi driver in a ghostly Washington, D.C. Join the authors of A River Called Time (Courttia Newland), Phase Six (Jim Shepard), and Creatures of Passage (Morowa Yejidé) for a conversation on what draws them to speculative fiction, from world-building […]

Hope, Possibility, & Reckoning

Poets Camonghne Felix (Build Yourself a Boat), Taylor Johnson (Inheritance), Naomi Shihab Nye (Everything Comes Next: Collected and New Poems), and Khadijah Queen (Anodyne) will discuss how poetry provides us with new ways to reckon with and understand our intersecting pasts, presents, and futures, and in doing so, builds new pathways towards hope and possibility. […]

Madness and Society

What forces—both internal and external—cause a mind to dangerously fray and unravel? For the groundbreaking scientists in Chilean author Benjamin Labatut’s When We Cease to Understand the World (translated by Adrian Nathan West), knowledge comes at a high cost. In Brazilian writer Beatriz Bracher’s Antonio (translated by Adam Morris), meanwhile, social constraints and family secrets […]

Richard Wright Today

Presented by the Center for Fiction and the Poetry Society of America. The work of Richard Wright has never felt more necessary and prescient, with the recent publication of his restored novel The Man Who Lived Underground and the launch of Seeing Into Tomorrow, a major public art project in Brooklyn featuring haiku he wrote […]

Sexuality and Self

Sexuality, in its various forms—as a source of self-assertion and defiance, mystery and wonder, power and control—is a crucial feature of modern identity. From the refugee camps of Eritrean-Ethiopian author Sulaiman Addonia’s Silence Is My Mother Tongue to the magical landscapes of British-Jamaican author Leone Ross’s Popisho and the gritty French milieux of Virginie Despentes’ […]

The Thin Line Between Horror and Reality

Contemporary Latin American authors frequently explore the tension between horror and humanity, unearthing personal and historical trauma while examining the dark side of our interconnected world. From those intimately affected by violence in Colombian Juan Gabriel Vásquez‘s Songs for the Flames (translated by Anne McLean), to the sociopolitical horror of Argentine Mariana Enríquez‘s The Dangers […]

The Burden of Memory

In three astonishing new novels, the past hovers over the present like a ghost. In Italian writer Andrea Bajani’s If You Kept a Record of Sins (translated by Elizabeth Harris), a mother’s abandonment lingers on in the memory of her grown son. Meanwhile, the protagonist of Sri Lankan author Anuk Arudpragasam’s A Passage North, contends […]

All in the Family

A family wrestles with the decision of whether or not to have a child in Peter Ho Davies’s A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself. In Brandon Hobson’s The Removed, a fractured family mourns the killing of their teenage son as their annual family bonfire approaches. Two mothers reckon with their marriage and their relationship […]

A Place Called Home

Three writers whose acute sense of place is often sharpened by reflections about home—whether one they’ve left, one they’ve found (sometimes on the way to somewhere else), or ones their writing has brought to life for themselves. A conversation with Rachel Kushner (The Hard Crowd), Jerald Walker (How to Make a Slave and Other Essays), […]

Building Worlds in Speculative Storytelling

From creating slice-of-life cyclops and mermaid stories to horror-infused dramas and Afrofuturist epics, worldbuilding—complete with specific rules, cultures, and logic—is no small feat. Join creators Tim Fielder (Infinitum), Kat Leyh (Thirsty Mermaids), John Jennings (After the Rain), and Aminder Dhaliwal (Cyclopedia Exotica) as they discuss the unique challenges and joys of speculative storytelling and how […]

Conversation with Henry Winkler & Lin Oliver

Actor Henry Winkler and SCBWI executive director Lin Oliver will discuss the next hilarious, action-packed adventure in their New York Times bestselling Alien Superstar series: HOLLYWOOD VS. THE GALAXY. Buddy Burger is a young alien who escapes his planet only to end up in an even wilder place: Hollywood, California. He lands a role on […]

I’ve Found A Reason

Join two of today’s most celebrated writers, Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen and National Book Award finalist Lauren Groff, for a wide-ranging conversation about their craft. Nguyen’s latest novel, The Committed, follows “the man of two minds” as he takes refuge in 1980s Paris, only to find himself immersed in the city’s criminal underworld. […]

Fighting for Your Life

Getting by is never easy, especially when the odds are overwhelmingly stacked against you. Join Publishers Weekly’s “Writer to Watch” Dantiel Moniz, whose Florida-based story collection Milk Blood Heat explores lives interrupted by violence; award-winning novelist Francisco Goldman, who illuminates the profound challenges of living between worlds in his new novel Monkey Boy; and New […]

Notes on the Future: A Conversation with Toi Dericotte

The Brooklyn Book Festival proudly honors poet Toi Derricotte with its 2021 BoBi Award, the Festival’s highest honor, in recognition of her work as a poet and award-winning writer, and as the co-founder of Brooklyn-based Cave Canem. Award presentation by Literary Council co-chair Camille Rankine with readings and tributes by Hafizah Geter, and other guests.

Who? New!

Each season BKBF presents debut authors, who we want to shine the light on for our audience. This year we introduce novelists Elizabeth Gonzalez James (Mona at Sea), Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu (The Theory of Flight), and Colleen Van Niekerk (A Conspiracy of Mothers). Acclaimed author, Jonathan Lethem, will introduce the debut authors and talk about […]

Fighting for the World, Presented with NYU’s 370 J Project

Water has taken over a hot world and few places survive, but a magical place called Garbagetown and a girl full of love. Greed runs rampant when a powerful new metal arrives on earth in the wake of a meteor shower, spawning a resource frenzy that engulfs a small community. Join Lincoln Michel (The Body […]

Personal Stories, Universal Resonance

What makes the personal universal? No matter how different or niche, somehow, deeply personal stories always find a way to resonate with audiences large and wide. Join moderator Mariko Tamaki (Surely Books) and panelists Kristen Radtke (Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness), Hiromi Goto (Shadow Life), Lee Lai (Stone Fruit), and Julia Kaye (My […]

A Life of Crime

Join award-winning mystery authors Naomi Hirahara and Walter Mosley for a discussion about their prolific and versatile writing livest. Hirahara’s latest mystery, Clark and Division, revolves around a Japanese American family building a new life in 1940s Chicago after their release from mass incarceration during World War II. Mosley’s indefatigable detective, Easy Rawlins, returns in […]

Ziggy Marley in Conversation

Ziggy Marley discusses his children’s books with Lisa Lucas. Multiple Grammy Award–winning musician Ziggy Marley has been making music and books for children for many years. In 2021 alone, he has two brand-new children’s picture books, Little John Crow and My Dog Romeo. Lisa Lucas, publisher of Pantheon Books, will interview Ziggy about his new […]

Poetry in Times of Crisis

Poets Kendra Allen (The Collection Plate), Jorie Graham (Runaway), Donika Kelly (The Renunciations), and Mai Der Vang (Yellow Rain) discuss their explorations of survival and human resilience in the face of political and personal trauma/struggle. Moderated by Jamia Wilson (This Book is Feminist).

Uyghur Poetry in Exile

Uyghur poetry has flourished for many centuries, its richness reflecting the cosmopolitanism of a culture at the crossroads of Eurasia. Since 2017, the tradition has been critically threatened by China’s mass internment and cultural genocide of the Uyghur people. Join Uyghur poets Tahir Hamut Izgil and Muyesser Abdel’ehed Hendan, as well as historian and translator […]

Using History To Breaks Its Cycle

Education, agitprop, individual testimonies, evidence. There are many ways to break cycles of oppression. These authors combine their personal histories and talents with a determination to illuminate and challenge social inequities lingering from the past. Join authors Nate Powell (Save it for Later), Sharon Lee De La Cruz (I’m a Wild Seed), Beka Feathers (Re: […]

Life as Magically Unusual

Most days that happen to all of us are ordinary . . . but sometimes, something magical happens (especially if you’re the protagonist of a book). Authors Nidhi Chanani (Jukebox), Shing Yin Khor (The Legend of Auntie Po), Molly Ostertag (The Girl from the Sea), and Olivia Stephens (Artie and the Wolf Moon) talk about […]

Twilight Zones of History

The long arm of history reverberates through the fiction of three international stars—from internationally acclaimed Icelandic novelist, Sjón, who imagines how a young man turns to Nazi-inspired fascism in the 60s in his forthcoming novel, Red Milk (translated by Victoria Cribb); to Sheng Keyi, whose parable of Tienanmen Square’s official erasure, Death Fugue (translated by […]

Love and Romance: Then and Now

Authors Vanessa Riley (Island Queen), Piper Huguley (Sweet Tea), and Marcella Bell (The Wildest Ride) discuss the sustained importance of the contemporary and historical romance novel in their books set in the 1800s Caribbean, the American South and Texas. In Island Queen, a freed slave rises to entrepreneurial heights and power, while juggling the competing […]

Let’s Talk About Sex

In Nudes, Elle Nash’s short stories traverse the lives and desires of working-class women, from ex-sex workers to brides-to-be. Brontez Purnell’s 100 Boyfriends follows queer men across the country as they navigate messy relationships and emotional minefields. And Melissa Broder’s Milk Fed follows a woman who obsessively counts calories as she severs ties with her […]

Hybrid Narratives

Two acclaimed authors discuss their hybrid mode. In The Devil’s Treasure, the iconic author Mary Gaitskill has created a chimerical hybrid of fiction, memoir, essay, criticism, and visual art that transcends categorization. This collage of four novels, interspersed with a single short story, is a kind of director’s cut revealing the personal and societal forces […]

Hanif Abdurraqib in Conversation

Poet, essayist, and critic Hanif Abdurraqib has been celebrated for the lyricism and intimacy of his writing, as well as the piercing clarity of his insights on music, race, and American culture. His newest work, A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance, is rightfully being lauded as his strongest to date. […]

Crime and Punishment

In Dwyer Murphy’s An Honest Living, an unwitting private eye gets caught up in a crime of obsession between a reclusive literary superstar and her bookseller husband. And in The Family Chao, three apparently successful brothers draw suspicion following the death of their father in Lan Samantha Chang’s small-town murder mystery featured on Barack Obama’s […]

Granta’s Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists II

In 2010, Granta introduced a stellar new generation of Spanish-language writers destined to challenge the literary status quo. More than a decade later, they’ve assembled another era-defining list which reflects an even greater variety—geographically, linguistically, thematically. Join us for a conversation featuring David Aliaga, Alejandro Morellón, Irene Reyes-Noguerol, and Mateo García Elizondo. Moderated by Valerie […]

PEN Presents: The Writer as Migrant

PEN America presents Mexican novelist and founder of DREAMing Out Loud Álvaro Enrigue, co-editor of Somewhere We Are Human, Sonia Guiñansaca, alum of DREAMing Out Loud and a contributor to Somewhere We Are Human and t. jahan to celebrate new anthologies by undocumented or formerly undocumented migrants, refugees, Dreamers, and more. Moderated by PEN America’s […]

Books…Tiktok…Booktok: What’s Up With #BookTok?

Authors E. Lockhart (Family of Liars), Ayana Gray (Beasts of Ruin), and Tashie Bhuiyan (A Show for Two) discuss the impact of the TikTok phenomenon, how readers are making books go viral, and how authors are tapping into the subculture and connecting with users on the platform. Moderated by NYT bestselling author Jessica Goodman (The […]

Genre & Exploding Form presented by the Whiting Foundation

Join us for a discussion with Anthony Cody (Borderland Apocrypha) and Nana Nkweti (Walking on Cowrie Shells), writers who are dissolving genre boundaries to bring new life to familiar literary forms. Moderated by Lincoln Michel (The Body Scout).

Esmeralda Santiago and Jacqueline Woodson in Conversation

Brooklyn Book Festival 2022 BoBi honoree, memoirist and novelist Esmeralda Santiago, author of When I Was Puerto Rican, Almost a Woman, and Conquistadora will be joined in conversation by 2015 Bobi Honoree Jacqueline Woodson, award-winning writer of books for adults, children, and adolescents, including Brown Girl Dreaming, After Tupac and Another Brooklyn. Introduced by Camille […]

Sick and Satired

If laughter is the best medicine, satire may be the cure-all we need for the myriad ills of our time. In A. M. Homes’s new satirical novel, The Unfolding, a wealthy Republican donor outraged by the results of the 2008 election puts together a coalition of like-minded individuals to get America “back on track.” And […]

Second Read: Presented by The Brooklyn Public Library

A close look at Mr. President with translator David Unger, novelists Valeria Luiselli and Rodrigo Fuentes, and scholar Vivian Arimany. In an unnamed country, an egomaniacal dictator schemes to dispose of a political adversary and maintain his grip on power. As tyranny takes hold, everyone is forced to choose between compromise and death. Inspired by […]

NBF Presents: An Afternoon With the National Book Awards

National Book Award–honored authors Martín Espada (Floaters, 2021 Poetry Winner), Katie Kitamura (Intimacies, 2021 Fiction Longlist), and Natasha Wimmer (Space Invaders, 2021 Translated Literature Finalist) gather for a cross-genre conversation about the borders of time, place, and language. Moderated by Ruth Dickey, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation.

Legacies of Injustice

Two authors craft compelling narratives that paint vivid portraits of America’s shameful past. In Geraldine Brooks’s Horse, two storylines from different time periods are threaded together to reveal America’s enduring legacy of injustice and racism. And in Jabari Asim’s Yonder, a group of strivers connect through love and friendship while fighting to survive the cruel […]

Sacred Memories

When reflecting upon the past, what exactly makes something “true”? Is there power in the act of actively remembering and honoring what one may long to forget? And to what extent are we willing to sacrifice privacy for human connection? These are just a few of the questions raised in Jennifer Egan’s The Candy House […]

The New Fantastical

The latest novels from these bestselling authors explore power, creation, and the ties that can both bind us and rend us apart—sometimes in the same moment. NYT bestselling authors Ottessa Moshfegh (Lapvona), Marlon James (Moon Witch, Spider King), and Sheila Heti (Pure Colour) come together to discuss reality and fantasy—and the dark, murky, and mysterious […]

Dreams Deferred

From uncovering injustice, making and breaking relationships, to keeping the secrets of the past buried, these four authors have written characters who aspire and sometimes fail to realize their hopes and dreams. Join Marie Myung-Ok Lee (The Evening Hero), Tobias Carroll (Ex-Members), and Chelsea Bieker (Heartbroke) for this panel about persevering in the face of […]

Police State

A mother struggling to find her footing under the weight of immigrant parent expectations, a time-traveler in search of freedom through the mysteries of the past, and a sociologist held captive by an unknown civilization on Jupiter. These protagonists are each forced to confront the abusive power and violence imposed upon them by the structures […]

Roads Not Taken

What forces shape the different paths we take in life, or otherwise serve to close off those roads? James Hannaham transports readers of Didn’t Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta to Brooklyn, bringing to life its community and those who persevere in the face of unjust political institutions and the prison system. In […]

Transformers

Novels of magical transformations operate on various levels, physical and metaphorical. In Mohsin Hamid’s The Last White Man, assumptions of race and identity are upended as a mysterious contagion turns white citizens brown. In Monique Roffey’s The Mermaid of Black Conch, an Indigenous Caribbean woman is turned into a mermaid—and then back again; while in […]

Coming of Age: The Life Changing Moment

In memoir, there’s often that fateful moment when a chance meeting, a gut instinct, a new environment, or some potent combination of all three can change the course of a life forever. Join Kate Gavino (A Career In Books), James Spooner (The High Desert: Black, Punk, Nowhere) Gengoroh Tagame (Our Colors), and Malaka Gharib (It […]

Who? New! International

Each season, BKBF presents several international debut authors whom we want to shine the light on for our audience. This year we present Irish author Conner Habib (Hawk Mountain), Jared Marcel Pollen (Venus&Document) from the Czech Republic, Tibetan author Tsering Yangzom Lama (We Measure the Earth With Our Bodies), and Okwiri Oduor (Things They Lost) […]

Virtual Poetry Reading w/ Kaveh Akbar and Victoria Chang

Poets Kaveh Akbar (Pilgrim Bell), and Victoria Chang (The Trees Witness Everything) read from their new volumes of poetry. Introduced by the co-chair of the Brooklyn Book Festival’s Poetry Committee, Hafizah Augustus Geter (The Black Period: On Personhood, Race, and Origin).

The Difficult Fate of Girls and Women

Emerging stars of Spanish-language literature—Andrea Abreu (Spain), Alia Trabucco Zerán (Chile), and Camila Sosa Villada (Argentina)—come together in conversation on bringing women’s experiences to the page without apology or filter. Their books, Dogs of Summer (translated by Julia Sanches), When Women Kill (translated by Sophie Hughes), and Bad Girls (translated by Kit Maude), bring us […]

Growing Upwards

A young woman seeks ways to distract herself after her mother’s death. An intelligent liberal arts student looks to guidance from her favorite authors to move past heartbreak. Two Taiwanese-American best friends continue to find themselves drawn to each other, despite the passage of time, distance, and shame. Ella Baxter’s New Animal, Elif Batuman’s Either/Or, […]

What Is Real?

Three authors invite readers to contemplate the meaning and nature of reality. Reflecting upon how the decisions we make (or don’t make) determine our fate, Antoine Wilson (Mouth to Mouth), Windham Campbell Prize recipient Yiyun Li (The Book of Goose), and Sarah Manguso (Very Cold People) explore how history and class intersect to shape our […]

A Woman’s World

“Women are no longer willing to shut up,” the best-selling Japanese novelist Mieko Kawakami has said, and in her latest work, All The Lovers In The Night (translated by David Boyd), she continues to examine female agency in traditionally patriarchal societies, while Best of Friends, the latest novel from prize-winning Pakistani-British writer Kamila Shamsie, tracks […]

This Modern Life

Join these authors in conversation as they confront the pivotal challenges of contemporary life. Brandon Taylor’s The Late Americans follows a group of friends and lovers in Iowa City as they navigate ambition, relationships, and class. Martin Riker’s The Guest Lecture delves into the mind of a young feminist economist through a crisis of the […]

Books Unbanned: A Night of Artivism (In Person)

Books Unbanned: A Night of Artivism is an afterparty with a purpose featuring live performances from acclaimed artists, activists and actors! The event will feature special guest authors including Ibram Kendi, Michael Harriot, Dr. Kaye Whitehead and more. Hosted by author and AAPF Executive Director Kimberle Crenshaw, the event will also feature music by a […]

History Redux and Myths Retold

Whether it’s disrupting long-held belief systems or accepted historical narratives, three writers challenge readers to reconsider what we think we know. In ten books and 91 chapters, Eve decides it’s time to tell her version of the story of Genesis in Carmen Boullosa’s The Book of Eve (translated by Samantha Schnee). While in Leila Aboulela’s […]

Crook Manifesto and The Stolen Coast

Enjoy readings and dialogue with two-time Pulitzer Award-winning novelist and 2017 BoBi Honoree Colson Whitehead as he shares the elaborate layers of his newest book Crook Manifesto. He is joined in conversation by novelist Dwyer Murphy (The Stolen Coast). This intimate conversation promises an exploration of the artistry, intellect and reflections that breathe life into […]

Of Spirits and Monsters

From the peripheries of death, in a Taiwanese village, occupied Korea, and a decaying Mexican estate, come stories of lives marginalized by sexual orientation and class, and devastated by war and grief. In Kevin Chen’s Ghost Town (translated by Darryl Sterk) and Yu Miri’s The End of August (translated by Morgan Giles), the dead tell […]

Walter Mosley and Joyce Carol Oates: In Conversation

Two of the most formidable writers of our time appear in conversation about their life’s work, exploring the creative impulse, writing across genres, and the constant tension between good and evil. In Joyce Carol Oates’ short story collection Zero-Sum, the mystery of interior life manifests in characters striving for both vengeance and seduction. In Touched, […]

Class Combat

Journey through the multifaceted realm of class dynamics. In Andre Dubus III’s Such Kindness, a working-class man is forced to redefine his identity when an accident leaves him unable to work and dependent on painkillers. In Jenny Fran Davis’ Dykette, a couple explores the dimensions of normativity and nonconformity when they accept an invitation to […]

Oh, the Horror

In this panel, fear takes on new meaning. Allegra Hyde investigates the climate crisis and “global weirdings” as her fictive landscape in the short story collection The Last Catastrophe. Gabino Iglesias centers a hitman’s journey in The Devil Takes You Home. Victor LaValle merges horror, sisterhood, and a mysteriously fatal steamer trunk in Lone Women. […]

PEN Presents: Free the Books

In facing the rising threats to the freedoms to read and imagine, PEN America convenes a dialogue with beloved writers on the recent and dramatic rise in the efforts to censor and silence Black and LGBTQ+ perspectives. New York Times bestselling author Casey McQuiston and independent publisher and children’s author Cheryl Willis Hudson, will be […]

NBF Presents: What Comes After the Debut

Join National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” honorees Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Friday Black; Chain Gang All Stars), Alexandra Chang (Days of Distraction; Tomb Sweeping), and C Pam Zhang (How Much of These Hills Is Gold; Land of Milk and Honey) to celebrate the recent publication of their second books. The authors discuss what it means […]

Books Unbanned: A Night of Artivism (In Person)

Books Unbanned: A Night of Artivism is an afterparty with a purpose featuring live performances from acclaimed artists, activists and actors! The event will feature special guest authors including Ibram Kendi, Michael Harriot, Dr. Kaye Whitehead and more. Hosted by author and AAPF Executive Director Kimberle Crenshaw, the event will also feature music by a […]

Celebrating Hilton Als, the 2023 Brooklyn Book Festival BoBi Honoree

Join us for a special conversation with our 2023 BoBi Honoree, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Hilton Als. Raised in Brownsville, Brooklyn, Als is the author of The Women, White Girls, and, most recently, My Pinup. He will be joined in conversation by writer and cultural critic Jennifer Krasinski.

Keeping it Real

First crushes, friendship breakups, big moves, complicated family dynamics and following your dreams : life is full of highs, lows and everything in-between! Come join New York Times bestselling author Janae Marks (On Air With Zoe Washington) critically-acclaimed author and illustrator Stephanie Rodriguez (Doodles from the Boogie Down) and critically-acclaimed and award-winning author Andrew Eliopulos […]

History, Violence, Fantasy, Fate: Ariel Dorfman and Mariana Enriquez in Conversation

In this virtual conversation, widely acclaimed Latin American writers Ariel Dorfman and Mariana Enriquez convene to discuss their literary obsessions and most recent publications. Ariel Dorfman’s newest book, The Suicide Museum, pushes readers to reconsider their understanding of the novel as a genre, as it moves deftly from an engrossing investigation of the death of […]

Baby Dearest

Four novelists grapple with motherhood and the complex web of emotions – revulsion, rebellion, reconciliation, and redemption – it engenders. Susie Boyt (Loved and Missed), Kate Briggs (The Long Form), and Guadalupe Nettel (Still Born, translated by Rosalind Harvey) discuss the fall out and growth of their characters as they embrace or reject social expectations and […]

Where Lurks the Darkness?

 Duplicitous spouses or stranger danger, climbing the career ladder or gun stocking survivalism – where does peril actually lurk and hide? Join NYT bestselling crime novelist Alafair Burke (Where Are The Children Now? sequel to Mary Clark Higgins blockbuster suspense novel Where are the Children) and debut novelist Kashana Cauley (The Survivalists) as they discuss […]

The Joy of Disobedience

From Hollywood to Capri, the lives of women artists and creators are reimagined in historical novels by Selby Wynn Schwartz (After Sappho) and Gail Tsukiyama (The Brightest Star). Schwartz crafts vignettes of the intertwined lives of feminists at the turn of the twentieth century who put down their needlepoint to forge a new creative and […]

Who Am I?

Three novelists tackle the fraught and sometimes harrowing journey of characters striving to define life on their own terms. In Sadeqa Johnson’s The House of Eve, two teenagers seek a new life but struggle to escape the confines of the past and future; in Ruth Madievsky’s All-Night Pharmacy, a sister experiences freedom and guilt after […]

Distant Fathers, Distant Stars

Remote and enigmatic father figures exert powerful gravitational pulls in the new novels by Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgård (The Wolves of Eternity, translated by Martin Aitken) and Zimbabwean Novuyo Rosa Tshuma (Digging Stars). What mysteries are contained in the lives of these men—and how do the stars and solar system provide a key to […]

PEN Presents: Free the Books

In facing the rising threats to the freedoms to read and imagine, PEN America convenes a dialogue with beloved writers on the recent and dramatic rise in the efforts to censor and silence Black and LGBTQ+ perspectives. New York Times bestselling author Casey McQuiston and independent publisher and children’s author Cheryl Willis Hudson, will be […]

Who? New! International

Each season, BKBF presents several international debut authors whom we want to shine the light on for our audience. This year we present Swedish author and psychologist Lydia Sandgren (Collected Works, translated by Agnes Broomé), UK based editor and playwright Ayesha Manazir Siddiqi (The Centre) from Pakistan, Nigerian author and queer liberation activist Ani Kayode […]

Walter Mosley and Joyce Carol Oates: In Conversation

Two of the most formidable writers of our time appear in conversation about their life’s work, exploring the creative impulse, writing across genres, and the constant tension between good and evil. In Joyce Carol Oates’ short story collection Zero-Sum, the mystery of interior life manifests in characters striving for both vengeance and seduction. In Touched, […]

Of Spirits and Monsters

From the peripheries of death, in a Taiwanese village, occupied Korea, and a decaying Mexican estate, come stories of lives marginalized by sexual orientation and class, and devastated by war and grief. In Kevin Chen’s Ghost Town (translated by Darryl Sterk) and Yu Miri’s The End of August (translated by Morgan Giles), the dead tell […]

Tech Tales

Three visionary authors gather to unravel tales of love, the dance between humanity and technology, and fantastical realms that expand the imagination. In Gina Chung’s Sea Change, a young woman develops a deep connection to an octopus that might be her last conduit to her scientist father. And Daniel Hornsby fuses tech, grift, and horror […]

Crook Manifesto and The Stolen Coast

Enjoy readings and dialogue with two-time Pulitzer Award-winning novelist and 2017 BoBi Honoree Colson Whitehead as he shares the elaborate layers of his newest book Crook Manifesto. He is joined in conversation by novelist Dwyer Murphy (The Stolen Coast). This intimate conversation promises an exploration of the artistry, intellect and reflections that breathe life into […]

Who? New!

Each season, BKBF presents several debut authors whom we want to shine the light on for our audience. This year we present Madelaine Lucas (Thirst for Salt), Soraya Palmer (The Human Origins of Beatrice Porter and Other Essential Ghosts), Kōtuku Titihuia Nuttall (Tauhou), Jinwoo Chong (Flux), and Eliot Duncan (Ponyboy). This year, we welcome special […]

Eat (with) the Rich

These three novels invite readers into the world of one-percenters, though not without some criticism.  In The Lemon, Joe Keohane (writing as S.E. Boyd) explores how the death of a renowned culinary TV host drives conflict in the worlds of high-end dining and low-end media. In Sheena Patel’s I’m a Fan, an anonymous narrator stalks […]

From Resilience to Redemption

Join three acclaimed authors who explore literature’s ability to navigate the complexities of injustice. Through the pages of The Golem of Brooklyn, Adam Mansbach blends Judaism, humor, and revenge to craft a fantastical story of empowerment that resonates across time. Richard Mirabella’s Brother & Sister Enter the Forest explores childhood trauma and tests the limits […]

A Big Crime in a Small Town

In Andrea Bartz’s The Spare Room, a potentially fatal tryst unfolds in a remote Virginia mansion after a married couple invites a friend into their home. In Dwyer Murphy’s The Stolen Coast, two old flames embark on a million-dollar diamond heist amid the seaside cottages of coastal Massachusetts. In S.A. Cosby’s All the Sinners Bleed, […]

A Moment in Time

Discover how a single moment in history can ripple through time. Ben Fountain’s Devil Makes Three reveals the consequences of violent political upheaval in Haiti. Janika Oza’s A History of Burning investigates how one brutal act can haunt a family for generations. John Manuel Arias’s Where There Was Fire follows a mother and daughter as […]

Mazes Of The Mind: On Mapping Extreme States

International luminaries Carlos Fonseca (Costa Rica), Astrid Roemer (Suriname), and Norman Erikson Pasaribu (Indonesia) come together to discuss the precarity of dislocation, memory, and desire. In Astrid Roemer’s queer classic On a Woman’s Madness (tr. Lucy Scott), we meet a woman fleeing her hometown of Suriname, and in Carlos Fonseca’s luminous Austral (tr. Megan McDowell), […]

Place & Locality in Writing presented by the Whiting Foundation

Join Whiting Award-winning fiction writers Marcia Douglas (The Marvellous Equations of the Dread: A Novel in Bass Riddim, Notes from a Writer’s Book of Cures and Spells), Sidik Fofana (Stories from The Tenants Downstairs), Claire Boyles (Site Fidelity), and moderator Victor LaValle (Lone Women, The Changeling, and more), all of whose work draws verve, plot, […]

Whispers of Humanity

This panel brings together authors who illuminate the complexities and nuances of existence through carefully crafted short stories. Jamel Brinkley and his collection Witness unveils the heartbeat of New York City, friendships, grief, and the quest for home. Jai Chakrabarti’s A Small Sacrifice for an Enormous Happiness navigates the dynamic of cultures and the transformative […]

Illuminating Tales of Urban Wonder

Alejandro Varela, Henry Hoke, Adam Levin, and Hilary Leichter explore urban living in their captivating, city-driven books. Join this panel discussion on community, identity, and the quest for belonging with Varela’s The People Who Report More Stress, a poignant exploration of LGBTQ identities and family dynamics with New York as the backdrop. In Mount Chicago, […]

Echoes of Artistry

Join four authors whose books embrace creativity as a character. Catherine Lacey’s The Biography of X unravels an intricate tale of identity and speculative history; and John Wray’s Gone to the Wolves resounds with the rhythm of friendships forged through heavy metal. Explore how these authors weave the essence of music, art, and human connection into […]

History Redux and Myths Retold

Whether it’s disrupting long-held belief systems or accepted historical narratives, three writers challenge readers to reconsider what we think we know. In ten books and 91 chapters, Eve decides it’s time to tell her version of the story of Genesis in Carmen Boullosa’s The Book of Eve (translated by Samantha Schnee). While in Leila Aboulela’s […]

This Modern Life

Join these authors in conversation as they confront the pivotal challenges of contemporary life. Brandon Taylor’s The Late Americans follows a group of friends and lovers in Iowa City as they navigate ambition, relationships, and class. Martin Riker’s The Guest Lecture delves into the mind of a young feminist economist through a crisis of the […]

Class Combat

Journey through the multifaceted realm of class dynamics. In Andre Dubus III’s Such Kindness, a working-class man is forced to redefine his identity when an accident leaves him unable to work and dependent on painkillers. In Jenny Fran Davis’ Dykette, a couple explores the dimensions of normativity and nonconformity when they accept an invitation to […]

NBF Presents: What Comes After the Debut

Join National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” honorees Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Friday Black; Chain Gang All Stars), Alexandra Chang (Days of Distraction; Tomb Sweeping), and C Pam Zhang (How Much of These Hills Is Gold; Land of Milk and Honey) to celebrate the recent publication of their second books. The authors discuss what it means […]

Oh, the Horror

In this panel, fear takes on new meaning. Allegra Hyde investigates the climate crisis and “global weirdings” as her fictive landscape in the short story collection The Last Catastrophe. Gabino Iglesias centers a hitman’s journey in The Devil Takes You Home. Victor LaValle merges horror, sisterhood, and a mysteriously fatal steamer trunk in Lone Women. […]

Choice, Chance, Escape (In Person)

Join up-and-coming indie publisher Awst Press for a celebratory reading showcasing Awst’s newest release Scenic Overlook, a stunning debut novel-in-stories by Brooklyn-based author Anne Ray. In addition to a warm reception, a lineup of Awst’s NYC-based authors will give readings exploring the hard choices, chance encounters, and new environments that forge our identities. Readers include […]

#YeahYouWrite (In Person)

#YeahYouWrite presents Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Chain-Gang All-Stars), Veronica G. Henry (The Foreign Exchange), Daniel Magariel (Walk the Darkness Down), Terese Svoboda (Dog on Fire), and James Frankie Thomas (Idlewild) in a friendly and relaxed yet high-energy atmosphere. Enjoy “The Bookend,” a Brooklyn-sourced #LiteraryCocktail (and take home the recipe), plus #LiteraryCocktails/Mocktails designed for each author’s work. […]

Can Science Fiction Change the World? (Virtual)

For decades, science fiction has heralded imaginative worlds, opened portals to multiple universes, and invented life and sentience in the unlikeliest of places. Through such rich worldbuilding, the genre has also offered a portentous sneak-peak at civilization’s progress: aggressive climate crises, technological advancement, increased isolation, autocratic governments. Yet, the genre has never been more popular […]

Lab[our] Issue Launch (In Person)

In partnership with the Brooklyn Book Festival, Lampblack invites you to share in the launch of our third volume: Lab[our]. Merchandise and copies of the issue will be available for purchase, along with drinks at the Center for Fiction café. There will be live readings from the magazine, featuring t’ai freedom ford, James Stewart III, […]

Annual Brooklyn Indie Party! (In Person)

On Friday night, Greenlight is delighted to once again partner with Community of Literary Magazines & Presses (CLMP), as well as some of Brooklyn’s best independent book and magazine publishers, to throw a Brooklyn-sized party celebrating the spirit of literary independence in our borough. Partygoers are invited to mingle with Brooklyn authors and publishers, discover […]

– POSTPONED – Literature to Life Presents: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (In Person)

LTL’s thrilling adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel chronicles the life of Oscar, an overweight science-fiction enthusiast who dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien. Growing up in Paterson, he obsesses over fantasy novels, falling in love, and the curse that has plagued his family for generations. Encapsulating magical realism and Dominican-American history, […]

– CHANGED TO ZOOM – The New Voices of Arab American Literature (Virtual)

In the contentious battleground of political America, Arab American writers have strived to drown out the divisive rhetoric through compelling, evocative portraits of life in the Arab world, diasporic ache, and subversion of embedded stereotypes. We meet with five Arab American writers to learn the narratives that guide their work, how they write and recollect […]

The Girl Before Her with Line Papin and Jean Chen Ho (In Person)

Translated into English from French by Adriana Hunter and Lylan Dill, Line Papin‘s The Girl Before Her is described by Viet Thanh Nguyen (The Sympathizer) as “A fable, a dream, a nightmare, … a sharp little book that fits like a wedge between the ribs.” Join Kaya Press for an event featuring Papin in conversation […]

The Shining by Dorothea Lasky (In Person)

Dorothea Lasky’s The Shining is an ekphrastic horror lyric that shapes an entirely unique feminist psychological landscape. In this collection, Lasky guides us through the familiar rooms of the Overlook Hotel, both realized and imagined, inhabiting characters and spaces that have been somewhat flattened in Stephen King’s text or Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptations. Dorothea Lasky […]

– CHANGED TO ZOOM – Let’s Get Mad: Celebrate a Mutha of a Decade (Virtual)

It’s a rager: mother-writers and artists get real, down and dirty, furious and funny about the lives of mothers (and others). Readings at Books are Magic Montague by Minna Dubin (Mom Rage), Amanda Montei (Touched Out), cartoonist Lisa Lim (A Darker Shade of Noir), and Deesha Philyaw (The Secret Lives of Church Ladies). Celebrating 10 […]

Fierce Reads Presents: The Thrills and Chills Tour (In Person)

From seemingly prestigious boarding schools filled with malicious forces to cutthroat competitions and dark magic in the catacombs of Paris, these young adult authors know how to keep you up at night! Join Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé (Ace of Spades), Jamison Shea (I Feed Her to the Beast and the Beast Is Me), Tomi Oyemakinde (The Changing […]

Beyond the Acclaimed Debut (In Person)

The John Leonard Prize celebrates the year’s best first book. Incredible attention is lavished upon debut authors (the nominees and winners of this prize can attest), but once it’s time to get back to work, how do acclaimed writers work within the limelight and around expectation to carry on with their careers? 2022 finalist Zain […]

Playing God: Building and Destroying Fictional Worlds and Characters (Virtual)

Queer Indie and the Writing Community Chat Show will host an interactive, live-streamed panel diving into the construction and destruction of fictional worlds and characters. Topics will include harvesting inspiration, various approaches to process, and how to incorporate realistic and relevant conflicts and motivations. Panelists include Dr. Mario Dell’Olio, TT Banks, Ash Knight, A.C. Merkel, […]

Queens, NY: Fact and Fiction (In Person)

Join authors and historians Rob MacKay, Seth Bornstein, and Rafael Herrin-Ferri as they dive into Queens history. They will discuss the borough’s built environment and how diversity influences our residences, the people, and their connection to our borough. Kew & Willow Books, 81-63 Lefferts Blvd, Kew Gardens, NY 11415 https://www.kewandwillow.com/

The Rumpus Presents Sapphic Storytelling: Queer eQuinox (In Person)

The Rumpus presents Sapphic Storytelling: Queer eQuinox at McNally Jackson’s Seaport location. Featuring authors Hannah Beresford, Jaquira Díaz, CJ Hauser, Lars Horn, T Kira Madden, and Kelley Van Dilla. Moderated by Rumpus Editor, Alysia Li Ying Sawchyn. In this series, we present writers we adore and use the term “sapphic” as a tongue-in-cheek term to […]

And the Winners of the Literary Awards are . . . LATINXS! (Virtual)

Latinxs may be underrepresented in publishing, but their numbers are slowly and surely growing, and winning major literary awards like the Pulitzer, John Newbery Medal, National Book, PEN/ Jean Stein Award, Joyce Carol Oates Literary Prize, Anthony awards, etc. Join us and meet our Latinx award-winning panelists, including Andrea Beatriz Arango, Juana Martinez-Neal, Alex Segura, […]

No, YOU Tell It! “Fly By” True-Life Tales with a Twist (In Person)

No, YOU Tell It! storytellers work together to develop true tales on the page, then swap stories to embody their partner’s culture, identity, and life experience on stage. For this special show, four curated storytellers are trading tales inspired by Queens history from the archives of The Greater Astoria Historical Society (astorialic.org). Plus, story trivia […]

Crown Heights Literary Celebration (In Person)

Come celebrate the thriving Crown Heights literary scene with a reading and mingle hosted by three of the neighborhood’s most exciting arts organizations: The Franklin Park Reading Series, Big Words, Etc., and The World Trans Forum. Hear poetry and prose from local authors Tyriek White (We Are A Haunting), danilo machado (This is your receipt […]

NYC’s Eighties: Shimmer and Shadow (In Person)

Authors Kerri Schlottman (Tell Me One Thing) and Laura Scalzo (American Arcadia), discuss New York City in the 1980s and how it inspired their recently launched novels. From the dueling crises of AIDS, drugs, and the fall of the middle class, this decade, seemingly so long ago and yet so recent, has stories still to […]

INFECTION MELODIES + SILENCE: Theodore (ted) Kerr & Michael R. Jackson (In Person)

Writer and organizer Theodore (ted) Kerr and Tony award-winning playwright, composer, and lyricist Michael R. Jackson present an informal and far-reaching conversation. Together, they will explore their shared love of 1990s female songwriters, tackle the limits and possibilities of using culture to discuss social issues, and examine the role silence plays in their work. ISSUE […]

True Eco-Terror: Writing Frightful Economic and Ecological Dystopias and Disasters (Virtual)

What makes for true eco-terror? Join this panel discussion to consider the smart ways storytellers create vivid and disturbing, sometimes prophetic, reflections of our world and detail our small places in them. Insight will be offered by Damir Salkovic (Collapse Years), Theo Gangi (A New Day in America), and Jeff VanderMeer (Veniss Underground) and moderated […]

Selected Shorts: Ken Burns Presents Willa Cather’s America (In Person & Virtual)

Filmmaker Ken Burns hosts this sesquicentennial celebration of Willa Cather, one of the most significant and treasured American writers of the 20th century. This special evening of short fiction in performance brings to life the landscapes of the Pulitzer Prize–winning author so masterfully captured in her prose. With performances by Patricia Clarkson (She Said), mezzo-soprano […]

Radical Publishing in Political Headwinds (In Person)

Publishers from independent presses discuss the imperative of publishing books that uplift marginalized and insurgent voices, create and complicate representation, and spark and amplify movements. This is even more critical during challenging political times when marginalized communities are disempowered, scapegoated, and stripped of their rights. Margot Atwell (Feminist Press), Malav Kanuga (Common Notions Press), Ramsey […]

Powerful and Dangerous: the Legacy of Audre Lorde (Virtual)

The Alice Austen House, nationally designated site of LGBTQ+ history, will host a virtual reading celebrating the legacy of Audre Lorde’s teaching. Join us as former students Kathleen Walsh D’Arcy, Donna Masini, Melinda Goodman, and Rosette Capotorto read their poetry and share memories of their time in Lorde’s literature program. https://aliceausten.org

A Night of Ancient Mystery, Mozart, & Merriment (In Person)

Please join the Coffee House Club’s Urbane Conspirators and HIP Lit for an unforgettable night cloaked in Gothic suspense as mysteries abound in readings, conversation, and music. To be held at Salmagundi, a private arts club housed in a historic brownstone mansion in Greenwich Village. All in celebration of the paperback release of Joanna Margaret‘s […]

VOICE: A Lens to Black Experiences (Virtual)

Diversity is a call to arms, challenging society to be inclusive. The Black community is richly diverse, comprising many villages. We compare the teachings of forefathers from other places and grandmothers who’d migrated north or across oceans by choice. We are the ancestors in our lineage. We perceive the world differently and filter those experiences […]

What’s Community Got to Do with It? (In Person)

Join the Resort writing community as we revisit the old stomping grounds of the LIC Reading Series (2015-’20). Denne Michele Norris (writer & editor-in-chief, Electric Literature), Greg Mania (Born to Be Public), and Matt Ortile (The Groom Will Keep His Name) will be in conversation with Resort & LIC Reading Series founder Catherine LaSota about […]

Kafka is the Rage (In Person)

Brooklyn Social Media invites you to an evening with Francis Levy, author of The Kafka Studies Department, in conversation with Rocco Landesman, Broadway producer and former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. The Kafka Studies Department, with illustrations by Hallie Cohen, is a highly original, quirky collection of short, parable-like stories infused with […]

Foul Heart Huntsman: An Event with Chloe Gong (In Person)

Live and in person with the Astoria Bookshop, at the Tony Bennett Concert Hall, celebrate the conclusion of the Foul Lady Fortune duology by Chloe Gong! Joining her in conversation is Amélie Wen Zhao, author of Song of Silver, Flame Like Night and the Blood Heir Trilogy. This event is ticketed. Tickets include a seat […]

Starting Out: The Editor-Writer Relationship (In Person)

What is an editor’s role? How can an author work with an editor to elevate their writing? Join Writing and Editorial Fellows from A Public Space for a conversation about the editor-writer relationship. They’ll discuss lessons learned and insights gained, formative experiences, and their questions for each other about the surprises they found on their […]

The Role of the Artist in a Time of Crisis (In Person)

From Booker Prize-winning poet, novelist, essayist, short-story writer, anthologist, aphorist, and playwright Ben Okri & Africa Center CEO Uzodinma Iweala, comes a fascinating discussion on the role of the artist in a time of crisis. Whether it be climate change, the refugee crisis, racism, philosophy, the pandemic, or any number of varied topics he takes, […]

Tables of Contents Reading Series (In Person)

Tables of Contents welcomes Isle McEIroy (People Collide), Jamel Brinkley (Witness), and Rachel Eliza Griffiths (Promise) for our September reading series! The evening will feature readings from each author paired with small dishes inspired by their work, followed by a conversation among the authors moderated by Tables of Contents chef and founder Evan Hanczor. Tickets […]

Origin Stories (In Person)

Origin Stories aren’t just for superheroes. This reading from St. Francis College MFA faculty and students will feature an exciting lineup of writers reflecting on their own origin stories as writers, as well as the origin stories of their writing. Writers, authors, and poets Clarence A. Haynes, Jive Poetic, Keyshawn Griffith, Marielena Gomez, Caroline Hagood, […]